BarcelonaThe Liberal Party, which supported the re-election of Jair Bolsonaro as president of Brazil, asked the electoral authorities this Tuesday to invalidate the results of the elections won by Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva on October 30. Specifically, the ultra-right formation has filed a lawsuit before the Superior Electoral Court because it argues that the votes recorded in part of the electronic ballot boxes that were used on election day cannot be audited. Specifically, the ballot boxes in the controversy are those of the oldest model, which are more than half.
The Liberal Party commissioned an audit of the results of the most modern electronic ballot boxes, manufactured from 2020, which, unlike the old ones, do allow the audit of votes. According to this count, Bolsonaro was the most voted candidate in this type of ballot box, with 51.05% of the votes.
Based on this, the far-right formation believes that it is possible that their candidate was also the most voted in the old model ballot boxes, but since they are out of date, it is not possible to audit the votes. Specifically, these are 577,125 ballot boxes, 61% of the total, which were manufactured between 2009 and 2015. For this reason, the political formation is now demanding that the results be invalidated.
The engineer Carlos Rocha, responsible for the audit, explained this Tuesday in a press conference that his objective is to “contribute to the strengthening of democracy” with “a perfecting of the electoral system”. Likewise, he emphasized that he had identified “very strong indications of malfunctioning” of many of the ballot boxes and that the intention now is for “a possible inspection, an extraordinary verification, in the face of an extraordinary event” to be carried out.
The lawyer Marcelo Bessa, who represents the Liberal Party, has declared that the only thing the political formation wants is for the electoral authorities to verify the “possible malfunction” of these old-style ballot boxes.
According to the official result, Lula won the second round of the October 30 election with 50.9% of the vote, compared to 49.1% that Bolsonaro obtained.
The ballot boxes were inspected and endorsed by numerous official bodies, including the armed forces, which in their report on the election found no signs of fraud, but did not rule out the possibility either.
Bolsonaro has not yet publicly acknowledged his defeat or congratulated his rival, but he has allowed the transition to begin with the team appointed by Lula to form the new government.
Since the day after the elections, thousands of far-right activists have been camped at the gates of dozens of barracks in several cities in the country to demand that the military stage a coup d’état that prevents Lula’s inauguration. For now, however, the military has ignored his demand.
Source: Ara.cat – Portada by www.ara.cat.
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